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June 22, 2019

Several people who heard me read this on the stage at the Margaret Atwood event have written to ask for a copy of this poem.  This poem is written to be performed -- it's a bit melodramatic on the page -- but it was a barn burner on the day (as poems about the Haber Bosch process usually are) and I am glad to share the text.  

There was once a man named Fritz Haber

(Let us have no science without art.)

Who in a time when Europe was starving

(Let us have no science without art)

Learned to cool and crush

The atmospheric nitrogen.

(Let us have no science without art.)  

It’s called the Haber process, and it gave us

the first fertilizer.  They sang of it:

Bread from the Air.

(Let us have no science)  Haber saved us,

Made  us seven billion.  But the thing about cool and crush

(without art)  is that it has many uses.  

There was once a man named Fritz Haber.  

A German.  An assimilated Jew.  

(Let us have no science without art.)

Who in 1916 for the Ministry of War

cooled and crushed

c...

June 5, 2019

I have never known an animal so amazing as a Golden Eagle.  


 

My new book, STAND ON THE SKY, is about the relationship between a girl named Aisulu and the golden eagle Toktar.   Aisulu rescues Toktar as a baby -- he's orphaned -- and hand-raises him.  Later she learns to fly him, even though among her people being an eagle hunter is something that's usually done by boys.  


To find Aisulu's story, I went to Mongolia, where I lived with a family of Kazakh nomads who kept two eagles, a young eagle only recently taken from her nest, and a six-year-old eagle captured from the wild and still in training.   

My friend Seanan Forbes was there too, and she took these pictures.   Click to enbiggen.  

All Mongolian pics are by Seanan Forbes, writer, photographer, traveller, teaching artist. The grants that sent me to Mongolia came from the Canada Council and Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

June 1, 2019

Flying high after opening for, you know, ATWOOD last night, tonight I went to the star studded National Magazine Awards, where I sat next to -- gulp -- Michael Ondaatje.   My poem from the New Quarterly, "Too Strong to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose," did not win, but it was a truly dazzling evening.  

New Quarterly Editor Pamela Mulloy with Ondaatje.    

May 30, 2019

Margaret Atwood was very nice.  I sent her a book a while back and she brought it along so I could sign it. 

The stage was very big

Poets normally read to six people, one of whom is nappign and two of whom are waiting for the mic. 

And I was, frankly, a rock star.  I read three poems, one framed around Fritz Haber (written for the occasion), one about Pavlovsk Station (the one from Best Canadian Poetry) and one about General Relativity (always a barn burner poetry topic).   And I very nearly got a standing ovation. 

This was.  A thing.  

Many people asked me afterward to post the Fritz Haber poem, so I will, soon.  

May 22, 2019

WHO IS OPENING FOR MARGARET ATWOOD?  I AM OPENING FOR MARGARET ATWOOD.  

The dress is ready.  But is the author?   

May 8, 2019

My new book, STAND ON THE SKY, takes place in a Kazakh nomad community in Western Mongolia.  The countryside, wedged between the Gobi desert and the high Altai mountains, is stark and beautiful -- and perhaps in reaction, the Kazakh built world is absolutely jammed with color.  


 

On the outside, Kazakh homes -- yurt-like tents called gers --  are plain canvas, but inside everything is colourful and patterned.   The walls are covered with hand-embroidered panel -- a Kazakh woman will make one every winter.  The tablecloth had flowers.  The bowls were bright red and bright green and gold.  The floor was turquoise linoleum.  More was more and it was beautiful.  

All Mongolian pics are by Seanan Forbes, writer, photographer, traveller, teaching artist. The grants that sent me to Mongolia came from the Canada Council and Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

March 6, 2019

Today is the day.  My first true middle grade, STAND ON THE SKY, is out today, from HMH Kids Books in the US, and from Scholastic here in Canada.  It should be in bookstores coast to coast to coast!   

This is the book of my heart.  I have always wanted to write a book about brothers and sisters -- I was very close to my late sister, to whom this book is dedicated.  

I've always wanted to write a book about falconry -- the art of hunting in partnership with falcons, hawks, or eagles.   I've been obsessed with it ever since came across a hawk caught by its jesses in the woods behind my house, when I was only eight or so.  

Also, I really, really, really wanted to write a version of Where The Red Fern Grows (or Sounder, or Old Yeller) that had a happy ending.  

So here you go.  Where the Red Fern Grows, but in Mongolia, with a sister, a brother, an eagle, and a happy ending.  

February 5, 2019

While it would probably be more useful to blog about where I'm going, not where I've been, that would require me to be organized.  So.  I'm just back from the Ontario Library Association superconference, which is the nearest thing Canada has to something like a national BookExpo.  It's huge and always packed -- lots of chances to see writers peeps.  

My highlight?  I got to sign my ARCs for the very first time!  Stand on on the Sky will be out in one month!
 

January 22, 2019

Of all the gers on all the steppes in all the world, this one is dearest to my heart. In the summer of 2015, I lived here.

Here's the scoop: to find a shape for a story set in Mongolia, I went to Mongolia. Together with my friend Seanan Forbes and our guide Tansaya Khajikhan (daughter of eagle hunters and holder of a degree in gender studies), I lived with and worked alongside a family of Kazakh nomads in the Olgii aimag (province) in Westernmost Mongolia.

My Mongolian middle grade adventure, STAND ON THE SKY, out March 5 from HMH Kids in the US, and from Scholastic Canada in Canada.   Over few months I have many pictures to share, and you can see them on my Instagram, @erinbowbooks, with the hashtag #StandOnTheSkyPhotos.  

Here are some glimpses of the astounding beauty of the Mongolian landscape.  Click to enbiggen.  

All Mongolian pics are by Seanan Forbes, writer, photographer, traveller, teaching artist. The grants that sent me to Mongolia came from the Canada...

January 18, 2019

I'm  happy with this feature in The Hornbook. I so hope it will help my wee book soar!

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